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How does impetigo start on your skin?
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Dr. Howard Gollup
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Gettin under ur skin
Impetigo can occur when a germ, usually a strep or staph species, gets into the skin--often through a small scratch or wound.
The germ can be in nasal passages or on your skin, esp hands and fingers. There are antibiotic ointments that can help it clear; sometimes oral antibiotics are necessary if it is widespread. Washing hands and using hand gels can keep it away! may need to see your dr for rx.

In brief: Gettin under ur skin
Impetigo can occur when a germ, usually a strep or staph species, gets into the skin--often through a small scratch or wound.
The germ can be in nasal passages or on your skin, esp hands and fingers. There are antibiotic ointments that can help it clear; sometimes oral antibiotics are necessary if it is widespread. Washing hands and using hand gels can keep it away! may need to see your dr for rx.
Dr. Howard Gollup
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Impetigo
Impetigo is contagious, mostly from direct contact with someone who has it but sometimes from towels, toys, clothing, or household items.
After starting, impetigo often spreads to other parts of the body. This is particularly common with impetigo in children. There may be mini epidemics in day-care centers. Bacteria that cause impetigo may enter through a break in the skin.

In brief: Impetigo
Impetigo is contagious, mostly from direct contact with someone who has it but sometimes from towels, toys, clothing, or household items.
After starting, impetigo often spreads to other parts of the body. This is particularly common with impetigo in children. There may be mini epidemics in day-care centers. Bacteria that cause impetigo may enter through a break in the skin.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Impetigo
Impetigo impetigo is contagious, mostly from direct contact with someone who has it but sometimes from towels, toys, clothing, or household items.
After starting, impetigo often spreads to other parts of the body. This is particularly common with impetigo in children. There may be mini epidemics in day-care centers. Bacteria that cause impetigo may enter through a break in the skin.

In brief: Impetigo
Impetigo impetigo is contagious, mostly from direct contact with someone who has it but sometimes from towels, toys, clothing, or household items.
After starting, impetigo often spreads to other parts of the body. This is particularly common with impetigo in children. There may be mini epidemics in day-care centers. Bacteria that cause impetigo may enter through a break in the skin.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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